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Penn and Polanski star at Zurich

Published 21/09/2011 | 11:42

Sean Penn will be receiving a lifetime achievement award
Sean Penn will be receiving a lifetime achievement award

Sean Penn and Roman Polanski are set to be the stars of this year's Zurich Film Festival.

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Roman will accept the festival's lifetime achievement award that he was unable to pick up two years ago after being arrested at Zurich airport.

After months of imprisonment and house arrest, the Polish-French director successfully avoided extradition to the US on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. He has been able to travel unhindered to Switzerland since.

Sean is to receive the festival's Golden Icon Award for his lifetime achievement as an actor, director and producer.

American actor Laurence Fishburne is among the feature films judges.

The seventh instalment of this year's festival begins in Switzerland's biggest city on Thursday and runs through to October 2.

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